The remains of a sailor who died in the Kabul airport explosion returned home on September 11
The remains of a US Navy who died in an attack on Afghanistan’s international airport late last month have returned home on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Sgt. Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, was one of the 13 American servicemen who were killed on August 26 in a suicide bombing at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.
The attack was reportedly carried out by ISIS-K.
Pichardo’s remains returned to Massachusetts on Saturday, according to CBS Boston.
People lined the freeways in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Pichardo’s hometown, as a motorcade passed through the city, the outlet reported.
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Pichardo is one of the last deceased US servicemen to return home after the attack, according to Reuters. She enlisted in the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade after graduating from high school in 2014.
According to an obituary of Farrah Funeral Home, Pichardo died while examining women and children at Abbey Gate.
A public visit is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14. She will be buried in her hometown of Lawrence.
Pichardo’s return comes at a sobering moment on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked and crashed at three sites in the United States, including New York, the Pentagon in Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Overall, the events claimed nearly 3,000 lives and sparked America’s longest war in Afghanistan. The United States withdrew the last troops from Afghanistan on August 31, days after the airport attack.
Many of those who died in last month’s attack were between the ages of 20 and 25, meaning they were just children when the 9/11 terrorist attacks took place.